Post # 1
This past weekend, my boss lost her house in the Washington, IL, tornado.
I may be leaving my internship soon (second interview for a full-time position soon!) so I would give her a gift before leaving. Or if I don’t leave, I’d like to give her something for Christmas. I’ve been there for a year, and we’re pretty close.
Also, she is young, maybe 30, has no kids and is single, so it’s just her.
I’m a little torn between something practical, like a gift card to Bed, Bath and Beyond, or something frivolous to take her mind off things, like a basket with a Starbucks gift card, maybe some toiletries from Bath and Body work, etc.
I know it’s a weird question, but if your house was totally destroyed and you had nothing but the donated items from the Red Cross, what would be a nice gift for you?
Post # 3
Wow, I’m glad that she’s okay. I couldn’t imagine what she’s going through right now. If I were in her shoes, I think I would prefer something to take my mind off of things. Insurance would cover a lot of the practical items already (I’m assuming that she has insurance). A nice meal out with a caring friend would be much more memorable if I were in that situation.
Post # 4
I’d definitely lean towards practical – either a BBB giftcard or even one to Target. With a store like Target, she could spend it on something frivolous or she could buy groceries.
ETA: Actually, I second the meal-out idea (assuming/praying she does have insurance).
Post # 5
@aquarius_91: It depends on the situation. If she is alright financially (i.e. insurance is taking care of it), a nice meal or spa treatment could be really nice. If she is having trouble financially (delays in payment, insurance not covered, etc), then I would think something practical would be best.
Post # 6
I would probably do some practical – a gift card to Macy’s, BBB, Crate and Barrel, etc. She can decide if she wants to spend it on something frivilous in those stores, anyway.
Post # 7
She does have insurance, thank god. We work at an insurance company, actually 🙂
I do really like the meal out idea. There has been lots of food that people affected have been given for free at shelters and churches, and that’s wonderful, but I think a normal meal out would be a nice break.
Post # 8
@aquarius_91: Does she have a new place now? Or is she staying in a hotel or with a family member?
I think I’d get her something she could enjoy. I’m sure she’d feel bad using a gift card towards something frivilous, I know I would. Maybe do the gift basket like you said with the gift cards and maybe a hair straightener (or curler or whatever she typically uses) and I like the taking her out to dinner idea.
Post # 9
@aquarius_91: anything…if you have nothing you will apprciate anything given to you. Food gift cards area alawys nice i love them for bdays and xmas, (she dont have a kitchen to cook in) its winter…a nice glove/scarf/hat set is always nice (if you know a style she would really like) i would stay away from a Home Depot gift card or things like “fixing” a house store… BBB is nice beasue there is so many options.
Post # 10
@ValerieBee03: Unfortunately, she’s not from this state. So her family is far away. She’s staying with a friend she sort of knows, then in a donated rental home filled with people’s stuff found in the rubble. Eventually, after everything settles, she’ll get a new place. Such an awful situation 🙁
@AndysCraftsNmore: The hat/scarf idea is great! I know that’s something I’d really miss; it’s getting pretty cold here.
Post # 11
@aquarius_91: if you do the hat/scarf idea maybe make it into a little basket, with a coffie shop gift card or something just a little extra 🙂 and also get a nice halmark card with “it was nice working with you, i wish you well in life…” something personal so she would may want to hold on to it 🙂